Physical ailments ranging from headaches to stomach aches and muscle pains, and psychological disturbances typically including emotional volatility and prolonged depression, experienced by children competing in sport under excessive parental interference and pressure. So-called ‘ugly parents’ include those who stand on the side-lines and scream abuse at officials, other players, and even their own children. The stress imposed on the children by this sort of behaviour can lead to a lowering of self-esteem and withdrawal from sports participation. In Australia, the Sports Commission has introduced a code of conduct in an attempt to combat the incidence of ‘ugly parent’ syndrome.
Subjects: Sports and Exercise Medicine.